What Makes You DNF a Book – Let’s Talk Bookish

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all doing well. As always, Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by me and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts. 

Today’s topic is: What makes you DNF a book? (suggested by Rafaela @ The Portuguese Bibliophile)

Thank you so much to Rafaela for suggesting this topic! If you’d like to have a topic of yours included for a future LTB, be sure to check here for the form! I didn’t have time to write a discussion today, but I do have the linkup so you can see everyone else’s opinions on the topic.

This Week’s Participants:

Dani @ Literary Lion | Chizurue (Elle) @ Of Midnight Ravings | M.T. @ The Last Book on the Left

Rian @ Dogs and Books | Aayushi @ My Bookish Banter | Fleur @ Fleur is Reading Again

Nicole @ Thoughts Stained With Ink | Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads | Dini @ Dinipandareads

A Couple of B’s | Rafaela @ The Portuguese Bibliophile | Heran @ Be Frisky

Sophie @ Balivernes | Ruby @ Ruby Reads and Reviews | Aria @ Book Nook Bits

What makes you DNF a book? Do you think DNFing has lost its original meaning? How long have you ever stuck with a book before DNFing? Are there certain tropes or plot twists that make you DNF instantly? What’s the last book you DNFed? Be sure to check out the above posts and share your thoughts on the topic in the comments below!

10 thoughts on “What Makes You DNF a Book – Let’s Talk Bookish

  1. I usually never want to give up on a book because sometimes books really come through at the end for a great ending but if I’ve gotten 150-200 pages into a book and it’s still not interesting me then I make the choice to either put it back on the TBR for another time or completely ditch it.

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  2. I usually only DNF a book really early on (in like the first five chapters). If I get further in, I tend to push myself to finish it. There are multiple reason I might DNF a book, from not liking the writing style or really disliking the protagonist from the beginning. Also, sometimes I start a book only to realize I’m not in the mood for that genre, and DNF it. However, I very rarely review a DNFed book on my Goodreads, as I feel like it’s not fair for me to review when I haven’t read it mostly. To me, DNFing simply means I didn’t want to read it. It doesn’t mean that I refuse to try reading that book again when I’m in a different mood.

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    1. I also tend to DNF at the start if I’m not in the mood but more often than not I just push through. I’ve once gotten to a point where I read about 70% of a book before calling it quits. I just couldn’t stand it anymore even though from the start it was really eh, but I pushed anyway. Yeah, DNFing doesn’t have to mean it’s the worst book in all of existence; it could just be that I wasn’t ready for it at the time 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. I know this is a vague answer but honestly it’s just I haven’t “vibed” with the book. It can be writing style, it can be plot, it can be unbearable or bland characters, etc. In this case sometimes the book has a cool story and concept but its just a matter of preference so when I DNF books like that I always make sure to leave a comment that it wasn’t book it was me the reader who just didn’t get into the book.

    Other times it can be that the work itself was weak. Here we’re talking a nonexistent plot, forgettable bland characters or zero character development, no clear purpose and weak definition of setting and world building (if that is an important factor such as the case with fantasy books for example).

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    1. Haha, that is completely valid, and I also tend to explain why I loved or hated a book with something like that! I just don’t feel the book lol. That’s great! I also make sure to point out when I think it’s a me problem and not a book problem, just so that others know that it might work for them. With so many people out there, there’s a huge probability that what doesn’t work for us may end up working for someone else 🙂

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